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Coastal Carolina University: Narrative Description


PO Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054
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Free: 800-277-7000
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1954. Setting: 244-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $13.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $966,347. Educational spending 2003-04: $4452 per student. Total enrollment: 7,021. Faculty: 400 (220 full-time, 180 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 5,041 applied, 73% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 74% from top half. Full-time: 5,350 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 670 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 41 other countries, 45% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 12% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 13% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous until 9/15. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $6020 full-time, $250 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,120 full-time, $595 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $80 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $5970. College room only: $3820. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 83 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 13% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Coastal Productions Board, STAR (Students Taking Active Responsibility), FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Diversity of Programming. Major annual events: homecoming, Cino Day, Chanticleer Days. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 2,250 college housing spaces available; 2,093 were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Kimbel Library with 144,361 books, 17,804 microform titles, 8,638 serials, 4,003 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.5 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Coastal Carolina University is located nine miles from the bustling resort area of Myrtle Beach, SC. Recreational and entertainment options provide many opportunities for internships for the Professional Golf Management and Resort Tourism programs, as well as part-time employment opportunities. Brookgreen Gardens, one of the world's finest outdoor sculpture gardens, provides a tranquil setting for relaxation, while Broadway on the Beach provides entertainment, shopping, and dining attractions.

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